Hey you all! We have so many awesome people working, sponsoring and supporting Back Fence PDX…so we’re ripping back the curtain to embark on a little look BEHIND the SCENES… First up our bell ringer, the sometimes bearded and always lovely, KATRINA SCOTTO di CARLO.
Some folks see a simple, infantile xylophone when they look at my table.A few are intimidated by its loud-and-proud rainbow bars. Others imagine themselves cradling the soundbox to their bosom while caressing the bars with the singular mallet – a posture and striking style wholly ineffectual for producing the clear bell-like tone required for a Back Fence PDX performance.
I’d like to say that I have a special relationship with that particular xylophone. That it visits my dreamscape looking like Anubis of the Eygptian Pantheon and whispers complicated Italian phrases to me. That the xylophone and I go on the Lewis & Clark ride at Oaks Amusement every Saturday afternoon together, rain or shine. But none of that would be true.
My relationship with that xylophone is that I try to hit Center Bar on cue and even then I sometimes hit rubber. And nowhere deep down inside do I think the xylophone understands any of this. But in case my xylophone reads blog posts, let me explain.
I’m so insolent, not because of anything you did wrong, but because I come to you after running a company called Supportland all day. While this means working with the best folks in the city and doing hilarious/rad stuff for the local economy, it can also be stressful because it’s a lot (I mean, A LOT) of responsibility.
Sometimes I come straight from work – that’s when you have to share the table with my open laptop before doors open – and sometimes after shuffling my two little kids around town.
We both know that I’m much nicer after a glass of bourbon, so let’s just hope B. Frayn keeps those drink tickets rolling.
Katrina Scotto di Carlo
Mistress of the Bell